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The beam shines around the dark room, lighting up the woman in sky-blue pajamas lying on the couch. But she doesn’t wake under the bright glow. She isn’t sleeping at all....

When a concerned neighbor reports a woman missing, Detective Morgan Brookes squeezes through the stiff front door to find the woman dead. At first, the case appears unsuspicious, but something about the scene unsettles Morgan. Every clock in the house has been stopped, every mirror covered, and the woman seems physically unharmed except for one missing lock of hair. 

Shirley Kelly was loved by her friends and hated by her ex-husband and his new wife, but they have an iron-clad alibi, and Morgan is certain that the scene-staging holds a vital clue. She’s devastated to be proved right when another woman is killed, her home arranged in the same way. The only difference is that the second victim has been stabbed, using a knife from Shirley’s own kitchen....

The team can’t find a connection between the two women, but Morgan is sure there is a deadly pattern to the killer’s actions. She hunts through each woman’s past until she finds the link: Years ago, they both worked for a woman called Evelyn Reynolds, before tragedy struck her young family. But what has made them targets now? Morgan knows this twisted case is far from over. Can she find the final clue before the clock stops for the next name on the killer’s list?

Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Lisa Regan, and Rachel Abbott!

©2022 Helen Phifer (P)2022 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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Good read

Well written and suspenseful police procedural. I have not read the previous books in this series and don't think it's necessary to enjoy this book. Even though the narration was well performed, there were times that the sound of smiling in the voice was a bit irritating.

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another good book by Helen phifer

these books keep you entertained all the way through cannot wait for the next one but just how much can one copper get hurt and Survive if this was real life she would be a superhero this is a must read.

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  • 25-06-22

Never Bore Your Readers

Have read a number of Helen Paired books and generally enjoy them, but this particular series has an imbalance. The part of the writing that deals with the murder mystery itself is strong, but I am bored to tears by the romance between Morgan and Ben. There is a total absence of conflict in their relationship which goes against life experience. Understandable when they first got together, but now they're living together and Morgan, though still very young, is presumably maturing, I'm hoping for a more realistic presentation that will better balance the detection story at the center of the plot.

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  • Margaret Rose STRINGER
  • 23-06-22

Morgan Brookes is too good to be true

But worse than her empathy radiating at all times is Campbell's narration.
I can't stand it.
It would be interesting to hear these books read by someone who wasn't smiling sweetly while reading ...

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  • EVA
  • 21-06-22

Another great book

Love that all these books keep intertwining with each other. Bring back memories of places.